Author: Amy Tintera
Format/Length: Paperback/384 pages
Publisher/Date Published: Allen & Unwin/June 2013
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction-Dystopian
Source: Library (Oh, just don’t you love libraries!?)
Description: ‘5 years ago, I died. 178 minutes later, I woke up.’
In this post-apocalyptic thriller a deadly virus mutation sees teenagers raised from the dead and trained to be vicious soldiers until Wren, the deadliest Reboot, joins forces with Callum, the most innocent, to try to overthrow the organisation that has corrupted their world.
3/5 stars —
First, I need to address the pressing issue of that cover. Let’s compare it, shall we, to the American edition of the cover? I’m not sure that there is a person on this earth that actually prefers the Australian version of the cover. I think that was what initially put me off reading the book for so long, because the cover was just so off-putting. I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but . . .
Anyway — onto the actual book, yes? Overall, I enjoyed it! So what was it about this novel that I enjoyed?
1) I loved the fast pace; the action, action, action!
2) The characters (not so much Wren, though).
3) The fact that it never left me bored; it also left me wanting to read more of what would happen to Callum and Wren next.
It started off with action, and the whole way through I found that the pace was fast, and because of this it was exceptionally easy to read. The writing was good, solid the whole way through the novel. Sometimes books have a really slow start up, and you’ve got to read at least the first few chapters to really get into the story — but with Reboot, I was hooked from the first line. It was quite an action-y dystopian novel, which are (in my opinion) the best.
I quite liked the characters. Especially Callum. (Not really Wren, but that’s explained further in the review.) Having Rebooted only 22 minutes after his death, Callum was pretty much still “human”, unlike Wren, who woke up after 178 minutes. I think that was what I liked about him. He was still, essentially human, and that showed a lot in his easy-going personality and, well, smiles. He was definitely the most likeable character of the story.
This was probably mainly due to the fast-pace of the story — the fact that there was something always going on, some mystery or intrigue or action that kept me going through the story. When I got to the last few pages of the novel, I wanted more! Especially because of that ending! I am now very eager for Rebel . . . though again, eww, that cover is gross. (WHY DID THEY HAVE TO MAKE SEPARATE EDITIONS FROM THE US???)
Though I could only bring myself to rate this novel three stars. (Admittedly, I am a very, very harsh rater. I have high expectations, y’know.)
1) Wren. I couldn’t connect with her.
2) The lack of worldbuilding
I find with dystopian novels that the world-building is very . . . scant and all the same. There is always that elusive “war” that’s mentioned and that is never really explained. Also? The novel focuses on one part of the world, but I would kind of like to know what was happening in other places! I mean — I know that the novel is focused on those characters/places in particular, but everything in dystopia just feels very . . . small, you know? I think that in the science fiction/dystopian genre, world building should be expanded to make it seem more real.
Ahhh, Wren. Wren, Wren, Wren. I get it. She Rebooted 178 minutes after she died, and her humanity kind of just died with her, but I didn’t really like her. Don’t get me wrong, she was awesomely kick-ass, but she was also quite emotionless. Again: I get why she was like this, as it was part of the story, and it was important for the plot that she was so flat, but I wish that there had been at least one thing that was relatable to her. She was just kind of boring to be honest.
Overall: I liked this novel, and I most definitely read the next. But it was flawed.